Dangote Refinery moves to meet 2018 target

Dangote Refinery has awarded multi-million dollars equipment delivery contracts to Honeywell international Corporation as, efforts to meet the 2018 deadline intensifies.

When completed, the integrated complex in Lekki, Lagos Nigeria, will be the largest single-train refinery in the world. UOP LLC, a division of Honeywell International Incorporation, which announced that it had won a contract from Dangote Oil Refinery Company Ltd, added that this deal was for critical equipment, technology licensing and design services for a world scale integrated refinery and petrochemical plant. Multi-billion dollar conglomerate, Dangote Group, diversified with $12 billion oil refinery, which is expected to be the largest in the world.

To be located in Lagos, the refinery is expected to be fully operational by in 2019 with a capacity of 650, 000 barrel of oil per day.

The oil plant will also have the largest sub-sea pipeline infrastructure in the world with the capacity to handle three billion cubic metres of oil. Once the refinery commences full operations, it is set to benefit countries, including Zambia, in the imports of the commodity. The CEO, Mr. Putta, said that the project, which is located in Lekki Free Trade Zone in Lagos, was in three phases with the first to be ready by the end of this year.

The second phase, which will entail actual construction, will end in 2018 and the commencement of operation of the refinery in 2019.

Included in the agreement with Honeywell is proprietary specialist equipment required for UOP LLC’s licensed RFCC, Unicracking, CCR Platforming, Penexand Butamer processes, which provide superior performance and economics, as well as high-quality packaged equipment for faster, more reliable construction than field-built plants.

The proprietary specialist equipment includes catalyst regeneration and dryer regeneration control systems, high-performance column trays and heat exchanger tubes. The high-quality packaged equipment includes a modular CCR unit, catalyst coolers, a Third-Stage Separator System for the RFCC unit – which upgrades heavy oil — and two pressure swing adsorption (PSA) units to purify hydrogen.

“Nigeria has the second- largest proven oil reserves in Africa – over 37 billion barrels – but currently imports most of its refined products because it has limited domestic refining capacity,” said Mike Millard, vice president and general manager of UOP LLC’s Process Technology & Equipment business.

“This new refinery will help Nigeria meet its own growing demand for fuels and petrochemicals while raising the profitability of the nation’s crude oil.”

The Lekki facility will be the largest single-train refinery in the world, producing Euro-V quality gasoline and diesel as well as jet fuel, meeting international aviation specifications along with world-scale quantities of polypropylene, a primary component used in plastics and packaging. The plant’s RFCC unit will be the largest in the world.

According to the US Energy Information Administration, Nigeria, in 2015, produced 2.3 million barrels per day of petroleum and other liquids, about two million of which was exported. That same year, Nigeria relied on imports of refined fuels to meet over 70 per cent of its domestic needs.


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